Piero Fornasetti

The unmistakable decorations of Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) represent one of the most extensive heritage in made in Italy design. Painter, sculptor, art books printer, set designer and interior decorator, Fornasetti invented and produced in his life more than 11.000 objects. A passionate collector of maps, military catalogues, matchboxes, playing cards, his eclectic and nonconformist talent was already evident at the age of 17, when he enrolled at the Brera Academy in Milan. Hostile to traditional methods of study, he developed a particular artisan technique that allowed him to print his "magic" decorations on every type of object and furniture. Fornasetti's first promoter was his friend Gio Ponti, who noticed his black and white printed silk scarves at the Triennale exhibition in 1933: this was the beginning of a long-lasting four-handed collaboration.

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Gio Ponti

Piero Fornasetti

Fratelli Castiglioni

Joe Colombo

Nanda Vigo

Ettore Sottsass

Marco Zanuso

Luigi Caccia Dominioni

Ico Parisi

Charles & Ray Eames

Gae Aulenti

Pietro Chiesa

Vico Magistretti

Giotto Stoppino

Tobia Scarpa

Carlo Nason

Marcello Cuneo

Vittorio Dassi

Paolo Buffa

Max Ingrand

Gastone Rinaldi

Pia Guidetti Crippa

Gaetano Pesce

Richard Sapper

Ingo Maurer

Gabriella Crespi

Paul McCobb

Paul Tuttle

Nendo

Alvaro Siza

Carl Jacob Jucker

Ernesto Basile

Sergio Mazza

Osvaldo Borsani

Oscar Torlasco

Le Corbusier

Willy Rizzo

Gaetano Sciolari

Carlo De Carli

Angelo Lelli

Gino Sarfatti

Marcel Breuer

Carlo Scarpa

Massimo & Lella Vignelli

Aldo Tura

Verner Panton

Guglielmo Ulrich

Franco Albini

Angelo Mangiarotti

Enzo Mari

Tito Agnoli

Eero Saarinen

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Alessandro Mendini

Cleto Munari

Carlo Mollino